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RATINGS: 1592   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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“the ancients called it ‘food for the gods’“ The Popol Vuh, the sacred book of the Maya, unfolds a complex web of mystery around a beverage known as xocoatl (ch-co-atle). At Southern Tier, we’re not surprised that hieroglyphs of the ancient Maya depict chocolate being poured for rulers and gods. Even through the many voyages of Columbus, the mystical bean remained nothing more than a strange currency of the native peoples. Moving through centuries, the circular journey of cacao has been realized in our brewing house, encompassing the complexity of the darkest, bitter-sweet candy together with the original frothy cold beverage of the ancient Maya to bring to you our Blackwater Series Choklat Stout. We have combined the finest ingredients to tempt your senses & renew the power & interrelation of history in every bottle.
2013 vintage - 10% abv

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Did you ever drink a fresh, made-from-scratch fudge brownie? Me neither, but that’s pretty much what this well-crafted brew is about. Pouring it from the bottle, I was dealing with a thick, dark brown, oily gop. When it hit the glass, it turned black and was crowned by a thick cocoa head. It smelled (as cleverly hinted at above) like a fresh brownie. Full bodied, although not as dense as a dessert cake, it tasted like a fresh brownie.
This impresses me. Having no knowledge of how this beer was brewed, I’m awed by how a beer can be crafted to taste like a heavy, chocolatey cake. And, being a confessed hop-head, I scratch my hoar-head and wonder, Why?!?!?Don’t get me wrong. I like this beer. And I’m giving it a decent rating, given how stingey I am with my numbers. Someone please explain this to me.
By the by - The 11% ABV doesn’t show itself at all.
At least, until I began typing this review..........

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
taffurs888 (124) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Souhern Tier has done it again. Somehow they have made a style of beer that I typically loathe, into something tasty. On draft at Fat Heads, poured a black coffee into a goblet. Aroma of delicious chocolate cake. Tastes of caramel, dark chocolate, coffee make for a tasty stout. No taste of alcohol, and not syrupy at all.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingMoomie (5) - Poland, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2008 does not count
Available in bottles at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH. One of the most unique and amazing beers I have ever had. If you closed your eyes and put it under your nose you would swear you were smelling brownies. I tried it side by side with Ommegang’s Choclate Indulgence and there was no comparison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2008
22oz bottle from swoopjones. Yeah it’s got a lot of chocolate, but so what? It’s done well. Enticing chocolate banana bread aroma with just enough bitter malt as to not be overly sweet. Pours oily dark brown, nearly black with a creamy khaki head. A gentile swirl leaves all sorts of sticky yellow legs on the glass. Thick, rich oily on the tongue. Not too much carbonation, and that works quite well in this beer. Banana, vanilla, bitter chocolate malt, milk chocolate on the tongue. 11%? Wha? Hidden quite well. A top notch dessert beer for sure... Another winner from Southern Tier.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Pour at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD. Great chocolate aroma, with a bit of roast too. Very deep brown with an off white head. First drink is like a chocolate milkshake. Second, you taste some vanilla and some of that roast. Alcohol is present at the swallow. Normally not the type of beer for me, but it just seemed to hit the spot.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2008 I could sum up the entire rating with just one word: chocolate. Too damn much of it for my liking. The aroma is heavy on sweet chocolate. Black body. The palate is thick, very syrupy. Taste is cloyingly sweet with tons of chocolate syrup flavor. Tastes fake as an Orange County tit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Bottle. Just went to the shop on a whim and grabbed one. Aroma of roasted malt coated in coccoa. Poured nicely black with chocolatey head. Flavor is kickass, the roastiness of the malts combined with the chocolate was amazing. Palate is full bodied and one sip begs you to drink more. Overall, everyone should try this, I will get more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 4, 2008
Pours a dep, opaque black with a dense tan head. The aroma is rich with dark chocolate, some roasted malt and dark fruit. Flavor is intense and full bodied as it coats the mouth with the taste of dark chocolate and finishes with a roastedness on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3565) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark opaque brown with a moderate milk chocolate head that lasted through about two-thirds of the glass. Very pleasant aroma of dark chocolate with a little bit of coffee as well. The flavor is bittersweet chocolate up front with more of a mocha flavor at the finish. There is a bitter finish that is not from hops, more like coffee bitterness, that extends beyond the swallow and lingers a bit. Not quite as dense or full bodied as I would expect in an impy stout. The alcohol was extremely well hidden. An excellent dessert beer, as long as you like chocolate!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - JAN 3, 2008
I am new to Southern Tier and they continue to please and surprise. This beer is worth it for the nose alone, a rich waft of pure chocolate. Other beers call themselves Chocolate Stouts but this one means it. It delivers in a strong, balanced, non-cloying way. I want more.

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